Brett Popplewell – Third-year Journalism student

I know the United Way helps make a difference in the community. Last year, I received a Youth Action Grant to produce The MISadventures of Bully-Boy and Rumour Girl, an interactive comic book that teaches young kids about the harmful and hurtful effects of bullying. I wanted to show youth that they have the power to stand up and say “this is wrong.” The funding from the United Way allowed me to initiate a direct anti-bullying campaign based on education and awareness. I know my books are making a difference – the first edition reached the hands and minds of more than 25,000 people. A second edition is hot off the press, and a third is on its way. With the support of the United Way, I was able to get the financial kick-start I needed to start changing lives and attitudes in the school yard and beyond.

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